This just in from our SWOP peers in Philadelphia:
Legislation introduced by Councilman Ed Neilson on Thursday would ban Philadelphia hotels from renting by the hour and also require employees at all Philadelphia hotels to be trained to recognize signs of human trafficking. Information can be fond here from Philly.com and Councilman Neilson’s Website.
This legislation is part of the same push to “End Demand” for prostitution that we are currently seeing here in WA. SWOP-Seattle stands firmly against “End Demand” policies, as our studies show that this type of prohibition will in fact make working conditions for sex workers more dangerous, and will make victims of exploitation harder to identify and reach for assistance.
Please visit SWOP-Philly’s site and sign-on.
Also, please leave a comment on Councilman Neilson’s website. Share you’re views on this type of legislation.